Vessel View 502

Vessel View 502 – The best thing about this necklace is what you can’t see. This Navico demo vessel had no Mercury gauges or displays, thanks to the new Mercury black box they offer called VesselView Link.

Integration of measurement and regulation. The Simrad and Lowrance VesselView navigation interfaces have also been significantly improved, and Mercury offers similar full MFD integration on the new VesselView 702 and 502 displays. So pure hull electronics from one brand available under three different brands can seem expensive, even for a small boat. In addition, Mercury offers a number of other equipment options, including basic NMEA 2000 measurement data output to any brand of MFD. It’s harder to explain all the options than to use them, but let’s try.

Vessel View 502

In fact, the relationship between Mercury and Navico has quite a long history, predating the Navico brand as we know it! Mercury’s powerful but proprietary SmartCraft network system was originally developed by Brunswick’s New Technologies Group (BNT), which includes Northstar, which is why Panbo discussed integrating Mercury MFD measurements in 2005. But then Navico was created in 2006 by the merger of Simrad and Lowrance. bought the assets of BNT for marine electronics soon after. Some brands like Northstar and Navman have improved their Navico product lines, but some engineers have stuck with SmartCraft’s integration capabilities.

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Fast forward to 2014 and here’s the Simrad NSS12 and Mercury VesselView 7 demonstrating transom integration at the Miami Show. Yes, as we mentioned in this post, Navico built the VesselView 7 (and the 4 inch model) to Mercury spec, each with a SmartCraft port on the stern and a built-in port for NMEA 2000. Thanks to that (and Ethernet for chart sharing etc) the MFD can display VesselView engine screens, while VesselView itself can function as a full-fledged MFD. This seems like a useful integration, but the boat should still have VesselView and Simrad displays, and it should change in many ways with the new VesselView connection, detailed below.

First let’s see what Mercury can do with NMEA 2000. When the MercMonitor was launched in 2009, a notable feature was an instrument display that understood the PGN (protocol group numbers) for any N2K MFD or rpm, oil pressure, etc. So you can use the monitor primarily to control SmartCraft features such as Troll control, while gauge readings are displayed on a larger, more colorful display (perhaps advanced gauge designs and alarms). MercMonitor is still available, and a link to the standalone N2K gateway can be found up at the bottom of the page (PDF here). Please note that the single motor and multi motor doors are supplied with one model (part no. 8M0105243) as listed on the third party Verado website.

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Although the NMEA 2000 standard contains general engine management commands, engine manufacturers have avoided them, apparently due to technical and liability concerns. Standard N2K engine commands do not include nuances such as SmartCraft Smart Tow. So what we’ve seen is collaboration like the Volvo Penta (Garmin) glass cockpit using N2K, but using proprietary PGN and network critical commands (and error messages like depth info). Now let’s see how the Mercury Navico integration has progressed.

Boats with Mercury Smartcraft engines (40hp and up) need a SmartCraft gauge or display to get all information and controls off the engine, aft or on deck. In June, VesselView Link is a complete propulsion gateway from Smartcraft to N2K, a

Diesel View / Vessel View Upgrade

Engine interface on some Simrad and Lowrance multifunction devices (and newer Mercury 702/502 VesselView displays). Boat builders can free up valuable dashboard real estate with a VV Link motor (#8M0110639) for $615 or a multi-motor version (#8M0110641) for $1,200. This means that one outboard with a Lowrance HDS-7m Gen2 Touch, about $314, will monitor and control a cockpit-style engine with a partial transom (boat and engine not included).

Here’s the Lowrance HDS 12 Gen3 showing off the new VesselView Link navigation interface features that will be included in the Lowrance and Simrad software updates in June. You can only see dimensions in a window instead of full screen like in V7/V4 integration. More information about the improved interface can be found in the article.

Mercury also unveiled two new VesselView displays at the Miami Boat Show, including the 7-inch 702 above. This replacement is similar to version 2 of the older VesselView 7, now a separate VesselView connection performs the functions of a SmartCraft gateway. 702 backup Navico only; it looks like the rebranded Simrad NSS7 EVO2 and underneath it looks like the new Simrad GO XSE 502 with a 5 inch sensor. With the new VesselViews combined with one or more VV Links engines, the 702 sells for $2,156 or $2,581 more, while the 502 sells for $1,576 or $2,001 more. The 702 package has an external GoFree Wifi1 module, while the 502 has built-in WiFi. (A twin-engine VesselView4 will be offered, albeit with a different software interface and a built-in SmartCraft gateway.)

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The VesselView 702 and 502 models have built-in GPS and include radar, AIS, sonar, digital switching, audio controls (Sonic Hub2 or FusionLink) and more. are full-featured multi-function devices that support options such as Both screens include cloud updates GoFree and Walter Ross – Senior Product Manager at Mercury Controls & Rigging – who helped a lot with this article:

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What I’m most excited about is the ability to easily distribute software updates (we release them about twice a year, adding new features, functionality and possible bug fixes), as well as the ability to offer advanced features as DLC for Mercury Drive systems. (downloadable content) from the GoFree Store. We have the ability to offer enhanced or enhanced features to a wider range of users. That’s perfect!

How has the journey been so far? SmartCraft fault code interpretation, detailed engine information and digital cruise control features such as cruise control, smart traction, eco mode and troll control (above 10 rpm) are available on your future Mercury, Lowrance or Simrad MFD. will not have any other devices or screens. lower overall costs than previous elections.

Why use a Mercury MFD instead of a Simrad or Lowrance? It may be the choice of a shipbuilder who wants a single brand of engine and electronics or a large vessel who wants VesselView as a full engine display with backup navigation capability.

The new VesselView interface – a split screen powered by the four SmartCraft panels listed above – is very similar to the Simrad, Lowrance and Mercury dock screens. The Simrad VV Link here models additional details and similar features to the Lowrance VVL.

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Mercury Marine Vessel View 703 7 Inch Display Single Engine With Link 8m0124495

One feature of the new interface is quick access to multiple information pop-ups by clicking on the main search window. For example, if you want more information about an engine theme, click on the theme icons that appear below the main module window. Easy to remember! Note that these screenshots were taken during the Navico Writers event in January (also pictured above) and the video below was shot on the same 3-speed.

The Simard VVL video highlights VesselView’s multi-window layout and quick access panel (also visible on all screens above) that is always accessible regardless of screen orientation. Press the “Mercury” button for a narrow but informative engine dashboard and press the “Vessel Controls” button to display Smart Towing, Eco Mode and more, perfectly illustrated in the Mercury VesselView 702 Quick Guide below.

The Lowrance VVL video below shows the new VesselView interface powered by a single engine. Note that engine-related notifications appear regardless of what’s on the screen, but the warning parameters cannot be adjusted as usual. So far I haven’t benefited from custom engine warnings based on values ​​like coolant temperature, but Mercury Walter Ross:

The user can adjust the thresholds of the engine parameters and this will adjust the increase in the displayed data (and you can count it as “red” before the alarm is triggered).

Introducing Full Integrated Mercury Engine Data With Simrad Go, Nss & Nso

Apparently this was a little known feature of the original VV7 and VV4 displays where you change the preset limits so that if the coolant temperature is above the normal setting, you get a visual indication (and we’d like to see how that works). Here’s another valuable tip from Walter (you might need a laptop next to your head):

I monitor the seawater pump pressure (coolant pressure). I know what the nominal value is when I’m free and every 1000 rpm. If it drops more than 10% I will replace the seawater pump motor.

Anyway, that’s Walter’s passion for all things on the road

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